Police have arrested 184 people accused of participating in what authorities are calling the largest global pedophile network ever uncovered--and more arrests are expected, Europol said today.
Authorities infiltrated an Internet child pornography forum that was the center of the network and had as many as 70,000 members at one time, Europol said in a statement. About 670 suspects and 230 children have been identified in the investigation, officials said, adding that the children have been "safeguarded."
The Web site, which has been taken down, was traced to a server in Holland in 2009. Europol got a … Read more
Want to stream a movie over the Internet that's not available for streaming on a service like Netflix or Amazon? Zediva can stream films that you can only get on physical DVDs--through a goofball workaround that actually has strong legal precedent.
Zediva rents you a DVD but keeps the DVD in a player in its own facility. You then control this player remotely from your computer, and the output is piped over the Net to you. Think of it as a wall of Slingboxes, available for rent. If you want to watch a movie online that's only available on disc because it's in the pre-streaming, DVD-sales-only "window," this will punch through that restriction.
Or will it? The service just launched today, and in my quick test, at about 5 p.m. PT, only 6 of the 49 "new releases" on the site's main movie selection screen were available for viewing. The marquee title, "The Fighter," was available, but "127 Hours," "Megamind," "Due Date," and most other titles were marked as "rented out." Unlike services such as Netflix, which can stream as many copies of a single video as it has bandwidth to support, Zediva only has so many copies of each DVD, and each lives in its own dedicated DVD player. When all the players holding a given movie are in use, nobody else can rent the film.
Twitter experienced downtime and elevated error rates for less than an hour today following the rollout of a setting that beefs up security by default.
Even with the timing of the opt-in HTTPS feature, neither the cause of the problem, nor how widespread it was, has yet been revealed by the company. A note on Twitter's status blog simply notes that the company is aware of the problem and taking steps to fix it.
The Hyptertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) mode, encrypts the username, password, and any personal data, keeping it from being useful if intercepted by thieves. It … Read more
Time Warner Cable has been forced to remove 17 channels from its recently released iPad app, the company announced today.
Citing "overwhelming demand," the cable provider said that after users started downloading its free iPad app yesterday, its systems, which are used to authenticate a user to watch its programming, were hit hard, "causing an inability for some customers to download it on Tuesday evening." In order to provide customers with some service as Time Warner Cable updates the app, the company has reduced the number of available channels down to 15 from the 32 that … Read more
U.S.-based nonprofit organizations can get discounts on advertising and Google Apps subscriptions as part of a new Google for Nonprofits program launched today.
Nonprofits will be able to take advantage of the exclusive offers through a one-stop application process. If approved, they can get up to $10,000 a month in Google AdWords advertising, free or discounted use of Google Apps, and access to premium features on YouTube and Google's mapping technologies, Google said in a blog post.
Google also is launching Google for Nonprofits Marketplace to connect organizations with professional service providers who are offering free … Read more
NPD's monthly gaming reports will soon include sales of digital content, according to a story published today.
"The goal is to provide our clients with a total point-of-sale games tracking service that incorporates the growing digital channel as well as the currently predominant physical format, and to deliver this at the same frequency as we currently do for new physical retail sales (monthly)," NPD's Anita Frazier told GamesIndustry.biz in an interview.
NPD is considered the definitive source on game sales. The company reports the top sellers in gaming hardware, software, and accessories each month. However, … Read more
Google has acquired a Dublin, Ireland, company called Green Parrot Pictures to help improve the quality of videos posted on YouTube.
The company's technology "helps make videos look better while at the same time using less bandwidth and improving playback speed," said Jeremy Doig, director of Google video technology, in a post on Google's YouTube blog yesterday. It's been used in "Lord of the Rings," "X-Men," and "Spider-Man" films and apparently Google now wants to benefit from it as well.
Doig said the acquisition will help improve video marred … Read more
If media companies won't sell content to Netflix, then Netflix will find alternative ways to acquire films and TV shows.
That's the message Netflix is sending content suppliers and consumers. Deadline.com reported that Netflix is in talks to acquire Media Rights Capital's drama series "House of Cards," produced and directed by David Fincher, who directed "Social Network." The show also stars … Read more
Samsung is launching a 3D video-on-demand service in Korea, the company announced today.
The service is debuting with content from film studio DreamWorks. It will offer 3D films, movie trailers, and music videos. It will also include children's content. Users access the service via Samsung Apps, the marketplace that the consumer electronics giant makes available on some of its HDTVs.
The Samsung marketplace, which allows users to access apps from the likes of Hulu Plus, Netflix, Facebook, and Blockbuster, is off to a good start. In December, about nine months after the marketplace opened up, Samsung announced that consumers … Read more
Twitter has tweaked its security settings to offer an option to always enable Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, or HTTPS.
Although the more secure setting has always been available, in the past Twitter users had to browse specifically to https://twitter.com to take advantage of it. Now, the tighter security is a new option found in the Twitter settings page.
Clicking on your account name in Twitter and then selecting Settings brings up the appropriate page. From there, you'll see the new option at the bottom of the page. Checking "always use https" ensures that each Twitter … Read more